I’m quite partial to adventure tourers spruced up with gear from the likes of Touratech. If you’re in the middle of nowhere, a 40-year-old motorcycle is probably not the best choice of transportation. But Jay LaRossa of Lossa Engineering begs to differ, and he’s built the bike to prove it.
This is Jay’s personal ride, a 1970 Honda CL450 built to tackle the rough stuff—and look sharp doing it. It’s also a practical custom, with not only panniers to hold Jay’s gear but also solar panels to charge electronic equipment.
The CL450 has been totally rewired and fitted with a modern rectifier and dry cell battery. Custom headlight ears house a HID light with a built-in rock guard, and the gas tank is from a CL350. Every nut and bolt was accounted for, and all the chrome stripped off. After Jay was happy with the mock-up, he sent everything out for powder coating, yellow zinc plating, anodizing and paint.
At the back are 40 cal. ammo cans, custom mounted with 1970s Hondaline saddle bag mounts that Jay modified so they could be taken on and off easily. The custom Lossa Engineering exhaust exits under the left side can and the rear suspension is taller than stock, so Jay fitted custom gearing and revised the chain clearance. The engine has been treated to Mikuni VM34 carbs with K&N pod filters.